Friday Faves: 14 Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies

14 Romantic Movies feature

I doubt this will come as a surprise to you, but I am a huge, HUGE sap. So in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my top 14 favorite romantic movies.

Moulin Rouge!

1. Moulin Rouge! (2001). My all-time favorite romantic movie is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! I’m a sucker for his films, and musicals in general. The songs, the costumes, the whole Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman dynamic… it’s all simply magical.


2. Love, Actually. Here’s one I can actually get Stan to watch. ;) The all-British cast is amazing — Hugh Grant (I’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in), Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson… well, you know. There’s so much to love about this movie, but my favorite dynamic is between Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Daniel (Liam Neeson).

Say Anything

3. Say Anything. A classic, of course! Who could forget the infamous Lloyd Dobler “In Your Eyes” boombox scene that has been referenced and imitated throughout pop culture since 1989? Also, young John Cusack totally reminds me of Stan.

10 Things I Hate About You

4. 10 Things I Hate About You. I’m also a sucker for retellings of Shakespeare plays, and 10 Things I Hate About You falls right into that category (it’s a modern-day Taming of the Shrew). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles form the primary couple in this rom-com, but let’s not forget it helped put a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the map. (And thank goodness it did!)


5. Elizabethtown. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom are just so friggin’ cute in this movie.

One Day

6. One Day. I just watched this for the first time over the weekend while Stan was visiting friends in New Hampshire. I couldn’t even handle it. It’s one of those movies I wish I had seen with him – or at least when he was around. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you haven’t seen it, do!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day_sm

7. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Lee Pace makes me swoon. I loved him in Pushing Daisies, and I’m so sad it was canceled because he was so dreamy in it. (Writing this is turning me into a pre-teen all over again). And Amy Adams, as usual, is spectacular.


8. The Great Gatsby (2013). I love the 1920s. (Remember my murder mystery birthday party?) This might seem like blasphemy to some of you, but I like the 2013 Great Gatsby better than the 1974 original. I think Leonardo DiCaprio makes a better Gatsby. He’s more human, emotional, nervous, and likable. And I really do love Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top fantastical party scenes and modern music. I think many of us fell in love with Lana Del Ray’s voice in this movie. If you stop 20 minutes before the end of the movie, you can imagine a happier ending.


9. Titanic. Speaking of Leo, how could I not include Titanic? It was probably the first romantic film I saw in theaters. I remember seeing it with my first “boyfriend,” his mom, and his best friend. (I was in 5th grade. Pretty sure we just held hands and that was considered dating.) I maintained for a very long time that Rose could’ve moved her ass over to fit Jack on the door she floated on, but Reddit disproved this assumption with physics. So we can all stop thinking that now, and move on.

A Knight's Tale

10. A Knight’s Tale. I’m also a big fan of Renaissance-era film and TV (which is why Stan and I frequent the renaissance faires), so of course A Knight’s Tale is on my list. It’s quirky and fun, and I miss Heath Ledger. :(

Shakespeare In Love

11. Shakespeare in Love. While we’re in the Renaissance period, let’s talk about Shakespeare in Love. It’s purposefully inaccurate, which of course is part of its charm. Joseph Fiennes is dreamy (oh there I go again) as William Shakespeare, suffering from severe (and hilarious) writer’s block and Gwyneth Paltrow plays a fantastically strong female lead opposite him. It’s a kind of happier version of Romeo and Juliet.


12. Amélie. The French film Amélie revolves mainly around do-gooder Amélie Poulain helping out friends, family, and strangers… even if they don’t think they need her help. Audrey Tautou is adorable in it, and in the end, she finds a little happiness of her own.

Pirates of the Caribbean

13. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. You might be surprised to find this on my list of romantic films. But I do love the romance between Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp looks hot even as a dirty scoundrel.


14. Stardust. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust follows a hopeless romantic named Tristan as he chases after a fallen star (played by Claire Danes) to prove his love to a woman in his village. It’s a sweet, fantastical movie, made even better by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of a cross-dressing pirate.

What’s on your list of most romantic movies?


Road Trip Update 3: Music & Movies

Before I talk about days 5 and 6 (and a movie reference), let’s talk about music, shall we? As I was going over my road trip route with family, Suzi kept suggesting songs to listen to while I was driving through certain parts of the country. I laughed at first, but she’s been sending me daily songs and it’s become something I look forward to each morning, and keeps me connected to home. Here are a few:

Road Trip Music - Iowa via @poorandpretty

So far, I’ve liked the Iowa songs best: The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines by Joni Mitchell, and Iowa by Dar Williams.

Road Trip Music - Colorado via @poorandpretty

You have to listen to John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High when driving through the Rockies! I also liked the funky indie tune Colorado by The Rentals.

Road Trip Music - Utah via @poorandpretty

The Beach Boys are always fun, and their Salt Lake City song is no exception. Similarly upbeat and retro is Utah by The Osmonds.

On to the movie reference: On Day 5, I left my hotel in Moab and set out for Dead Horse Point, not far from Arches National Park. A beautiful natural landmark in its own right, it’s especially famous for its role in the film Thelma & Louise.

Thelma and Louise end

In the movie, we’re lead to believe the feisty ladies drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon. Not so, friends!

Road Trip Day 5 - Dead Horse Point Utah

Ridley Scott actually filmed this key scene at Dead Horse Point. Looks familiar, right?

Road Trip Day 5 - Dead Horse Point Utah 2

It does look pretty Grand Canyon-y, although I haven’t seen that yet. But I’ll post photos when I do next week!

Oh, and Day 6 was uneventful except that I made it to California!!! Off to see San Francisco today!

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The glitz & glamor of The Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby 2013 - Nicky Gatsby Daisy Tom

Suzi & I saw Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby over the weekend and it made me want to throw a 1920’s party all over again.

Great Gatsby 2013 - Gatsby party

Great Gatsby 2013 - Jordan & Nick

Great Gatsby 2013 - Myrtle's party

Okay, mine was nowhere near as glitzy or glamorous as a Gatsby party, but I did have the perfect dress!

1920s 4 deuces - flapper dress - poor and pretty

Oh, and I wouldn’t have minded Leo as a leading man, either…

Great Gatsby 2013 - Gatsby & Daisy

I love Lana Del Ray, too. Her “Young & Beautiful” — which serves as Jay & Daisy’s theme song — gave me goosebumps. Did you see the new Gatsby? What did you think? It’s not my favorite Luhrmann film, but I loved it nonetheless. I think I’ll convince Stan to see it with me this weekend. ♥

Don’t forget to check out these Gatsby-inspired outfits!

Film images © Warner Bros.


Oscar Night party DIY decor, games, snacks, and more!

The 85th Academy Awards are Sunday! I’m psyched to be dressing up for my cousin’s Red Carpet party {vote for my dress if you haven’t already}! If you’re hosting your own party, here are some fun game & DIY ideas.

Oscar Party DIYs Poor & Pretty

1 & 2. Download this year’s Oscar ballots and 20 different Bingo cards for free from How About Orange.

3. Put together a gold sequin photo booth in lieu of a red carpet for memorable photos of you & your snazzy guests! This one is from Oh Happy Day.

4. Wrap fake candles with old film rolls and put them on your table. You can also do this with glass votives. Via Know and Tell and How About Orange.

Oscar Party DIYs 2 Poor & Pretty

5. What’s a movie awards show without popcorn? I love Red Hats Society’s idea of mixing in edible star glitter for a “star studded” look. Put them in these DIY popcorn bags from Twig & Thistle.

6. Maybe you can give away Oscar statue-shaped cookies to the guests who guess the most winners? Via Bakerella.

7. Food Network suggests folding your napkins into winning envelopes for an easy way to dress up your dinner place settings.

8. Make your drinks sparkle with these adorable & easy gold pom swizzle sticks from Camille Styles.

Need more ideas? Check out The Academy’s comprehensive Oscar Party Kit, and get even more food & drink ideas from Epicurious. Happy partying!


Pick my Red Carpet Oscar Night dress!

Okay readers. My cousin is having a fancy Red Carpet Oscar Night party on Sunday, and I can’t choose between two dresses! Will you help?

Oscar red carpet choice 1 - pink flapper dress

Dress #1 – Hot pink flapper dress. You might remember it from my 1920’s Murder Mystery birthday last year. I was thinking I could do a Hollywood flashback, you know?

Oscar red carpet choice 1 - pink flapper dress details

I love all the sequins and fringe!

Oscar red carpet choice 2 - chocolate prom dress

Dress #2 – Chocolate lace prom gown. I wore this to my senior prom, and I’m happy to say it still fits! Actually, I think it fits even better than it did in 2005. The best part? I bought it at a Goodwill for less than $15.

Oscar red carpet choice 2 - chocolate prom dress details

The back detail is gorgeous — buttons, lace, velvet, and stitched swirls. Here I am wearing it for prom photos:

Prom dress 2005 - Poor & Pretty

So, what do you think? #1 or #2? Leave a comment with your dress choice below. Get your vote in by Saturday, February 23rd and on Sunday, I’ll wear the dress with the most votes!